NEW: Holien excited about spin-off development opportunities at Lakes of Willow Creek  (Audio)

December 14, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–The centerpiece of Watertown’s Lakes of Willow Creek development will be a new two-sheet ice arena that’ll be built starting next year.

But Mayor Ried Holien says there’s a lot of interest from other businesses who want to locate near the arena.

Some of that spin-off development was discussed at a city council work session Monday, and it left the mayor excited about the development’s potential…

Holien says the Lakes of Willow Creek was never about an ice arena only. It’s also about the millions of dollars of additional development the arena would attract…

One possibility is an 89-room, four story extended stay hotel next to the arena. A handout presented at Monday’s work session also mentions a pharmacy, a restaurant and bar, a convenience store/car wash, an urgent care clinic, townhomes and a commercial strip mall as new development possibilities…….

Holien says groundbreaking on the ice arena, north of Hobby Lobby, is still on track to occur in the spring.